Boise State Senior
PROS: Has good hips and quickness. Has nice polished footwork and a good backpedal. Shows good balls skills, jumping routes, and breaking up passes. He can play either press or off coverage, and capable of lining up against slot and outside receivers. Does a good job keeping things in front of him and shows a nice feel for zone coverage. Can blitz off the corner. Does a nice job coming up and defending the run, with closing burst to make stop, and wraps up. Shows nice vision as a punt returner, able to make the first guy miss and some shiftiness in the open field.
CONS: Can be tentative at times when defending the run, not breaking down in space. Needs to take better angles to the ball after catch and will give up too much cushion. Lacks ideal speed, and can get challenged by the deep ball. Might struggle defending speed and needs to do a better job attacking the ball in the air. Lacks speed and burst to be a big play threat as a punt returner.
OVERVIEW: He's a sound, solid corner that has all the skills to be a good corner. He just doesn't have the ideal size or speed, and not as physical as you want in run support to be a top prospect.
NFL FORECAST: Wilson should be a solid NFL corner. But he'll have to work harder if he wants to be a top NFL corner. He has no major flaws, just that he'll make some mistakes in run support, and can give up the big play deep. He has good ball skills, but I'm not sure he's going to be a guy that makes a lot of interceptions. He's more likely to be a guy that breaks up a bunch of passes, but only has 3 or so interceptions to his name. At the very least he'll be one of the better No. 2 corners in the league, and I think could compete in that role right away in the league. He has the potential to be a No. 1 corner, but I'm not sure he's fast or big enough to be one of the premier corners that can handle and lock down the best in the league. He'll work best in a scheme that runs a lot of Cover-2 and gives him help against the deep ball. His game is similar to Leon Hall's and that's probably the upper end of his potential. But he should be a guy that is at least as good a corner as Will Allen.
ATL FORECAST: Wilson could be an impact corner for the Falcons. He should get a lot of safety help from the Cover-2 packages that the Falcons run, so his inability to defend the deep ball won't be as big an issue with other teams that leave their corners on islands. He can be a starter right away for the Falcons. And his ability to play in the slot would be valuable since he could land that role immediately as he should be as effective there as a rookie as Brian Williams was last year. At the very least, he's polished enough that he should be able to contribute as a nickel guy, that should be starting by the end of the year. At best, he is a player that can win a starting job at the outset of the season and give the team a guy that is willing to compete with the top receivers. Wilson won't be a star in the mold of a Darrelle Revis, but he's a guy that should start to blossom as an upper-level corner by the end of his second or third season.
VALUE: Wilson is a nice first round option for a team looking for a steady, competitive player. His lack of top-level potential keeps him from being a Top 15 pick, but taking him in the latter part of the first round is a nice fit for him.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
MAN COVERAGE: 4.0
ZONE COVERAGE: 4.0
BALL SKILLS: 4.0
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